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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 15, 2007 8:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This day in history

Roots of GDRFB:
The origins of this song go back a long way. This, for example is one account:
"Going Down the Road Feeling Bad was frequently recorded in the 1920s and 1930s by hillbilly artists such as Henry Whitter, Ernest Stoneman, and Fiddlin’ John Carson. While the earliest commercial release dates only to 1923, these numerous recordings suggest currency in the oral tradition. Floating lyrics common to the song appear in other folksongs. Big Bill Broonzy also included it in his repertoire, and the song may have roots in the African-American tradition. So it is likely that this “real migration song” of the Okies derived from material common to both black and white balladeers in the South and the Southwest."
The earliest recording I have found is a 78 by Henry Whitter, under the title "Lonseome Road Blues", with lyrics:
Oh I'm going down that road feeling bad
Oh I'm going down that road feeling bad
Oh I'm going down that road feeling bad
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Oh I'm going where that chilly wind never blows
Oh I'm going where that chilly wind never blows
Oh I'm going where that chilly wind never blows
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Oh way down in jail on my knees
Oh way down in jail on my knees
Oh way down in jail on my knees
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Oh feed me on cornbread and peas
Oh feed me on cornbread and peas
Oh feed me on cornbread and peas
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Yes I'm going where the climate suits my clothes
Yes I'm going where the climate suits my clothes
Yes I'm going where the climate suits my clothes
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Oh I going if I never come back
Oh I going if I never come back
Oh I going if I never come back
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

There are numerous other recordings and variants, under titles including "Blowing Down The Road", "Chilly Winds", "Ain't Gonna Be Treated This Way" etc. This is the Woody Guthrie version included on "The Music Never Stopped: The Roots Of The Grateful Dead":

I'm going down this road feeling bad
I'm going down this road feeling bad
I'm going down this road feeling bad, bad, bad
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

I'm going where the water tastes like wine
I'm going where the water tastes like wine
I'm going where the water tastes like wine, wine, wine
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Takes a ten-dollar shoe to fit my feet
Takes a ten-dollar shoe to fit my feet
Takes a ten-dollar shoe to fit my feet, Lord, Lord
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Your two-dollar shoe hurts my feet
Your two-dollar shoe hurts my feet
Your two-dollar shoe hurts my feet, Lord Lord
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

I ain't gonna be treated this way
I ain't gonna be treated this way
I ain't gonna be treated this way, Lord, God
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Bob Dylan recorded a version with The Band on the "Basement Tapes", though it has never been released. It circulates under the title "No Shoes On My Feet":
I'm blowing down that old dusty road
Yes I'm blowing down that old dusty road
I'm just blowing down that old dusty road, Lord, Lord
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

Yes it's a ten dollar shoe on my feet
Yes a ten dollar shoe on my feet
Yes it's a ten dollar shoe on my feet, Lord, Lord
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

I'm going where the water tastes like wine
I'm going where the water tastes like wine
I'm going where the water tastes like wine, Lord
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

I'm going down the road feeling bad
I'm going down the road feeling bad
I'm going down the road feeling bad, Lord, Lord
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

I'm going where the chilly winds don't blow
I'm going where the chilly winds don't blow
I'm going where the chilly winds don't blow
And I ain't gonna be treated this way

I'm going down the road feeling bad
I'm going down the road feeling bad
I'm going down the road feeling bad, Lord, Lord
And I ain't gonna be treated this way
No I ain't gonna be treated this way

Jerry Garcia himself said that he learnt the song from Delaney Bramlett during the "Festival Express" train ride across Canada in 1970. This is the version that Delaney Bramlett recorded with Bonnie on their album "Motel Shot" in 1971:
Goin' down that road feelin' bad
Lord, I'm goin' down the road feelin' bad
Goin' down the road feelin' bad, Lord, Lord
Ain't gonna be treated this way

Mama said, "son, don't go way down there"
She said, "don't go way down there"
She told me, "don't go way down there", Lord, Lord
Don't want to be treated this way

Goin' down the road feelin' bad
Lord, I'm goin' down the road feelin' bad
Goin' down the road feelin' bad, Lord, Lord
Ain't gonna be treated this way

Somebody help me get on away from here
Lord, help me get on away from here
Won't you help me get on away from here, Lord, Lord
I don't want to be treated this way

'Cause I'm goin' down the road feelin' bad
Yes I'm goin' down the road feelin' bad
Goin' down the road feelin' bad, Lord, Lord
Don't want to be treated this way

Elizabeth Cotten recorded a version, that is lyrically very different:
Going down the road feeling bad, honey babe, Lord
Going down the road feeling bad, honey babe, Lord
Going down the road feeling bad
And I don't want to be treated this a way

Girl I love done turned her back on me, honey babe, Lord
Girl I love done turned her back on me, honey babe, Lord
Girl I love done turned her back on me
And I don't want to be treated this a way

Thought I heard a lonesome whistle blow, honey babe, Lord
Thought I heard a lonesome whistle blow, honey babe, Lord
Thought I heard a lonesome whistle blow
And I don't want to be treated this a way

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 16, 2007 8:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This day in history

Thank you SDH while I knew some of this before, you put it together in such an easy to read complete form as I've ever seen it Ive got to say, good on ya mate. One of the most informative posts for my interests that I've read. Thanks again.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Nov 16, 2007 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This day in history

I wish I could take credit for this, but, alas, I cannot. This was the simple result of a Google search followed by the rather plageristic act of cutting and pasting. I must give credit where credit is due, and I cannot take it in this instance.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 16, 2007 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This day in history

Ahhh while it may be easier now in this cut and paste world you actually did it and posted it thus saving us without the time the effort of doing so, so thanks again.

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Poster: snori Date: Nov 15, 2007 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This day in history

Thanks for the info SDH - the Archives archivist.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Nov 15, 2007 8:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: This day in history

I played that song from the S&R album for my Mom a long time ago, and her immediate reaction was that they left out the "feed me on cold biscuits and gravy" verse.